Westwood

We love Westwood. It’s got UCLA hipness with an urban artiness. Here are our suggestion for a day in LA—Westwood style.

Start off with brunch at Mary and Robbs at 1453 Westwood Blvd. (310) 478-3822. Go healthy with their garden scramble or go more traditional with their pancakes, eggs and bacon combo. Don’t forget to order fresh squeezed orange juice, but make sure you get there before they run out.

Linger over your brunch then meander over to UCLA adjacent Hammer Museum (free admission every day) which includes works by Van Gogh and Rembrandt as well as many temporary exhibits. We recommend the Afghan Carpet Project. There are six carpets on display designed by six contemporary artists and woven in Afghanistan. The carpets will be sold, and all profits from sales will benefit Arzu Studio Hope, an organization that builds weaving studios offering fair wages, health care and education to Afghan women.

After filling up on art it may be time for a treat. Try any of the delicious flavored donuts at classic Stan’s Donuts or for something cooler try a delicious ice cream sandwich at Diddy Riese. Both are a 10 minute walk (or a short drive away) from The Hammer.

Pre lunch might be time for some light shopping at Westwood Village. There you’ll find lots of upscale stores as well as quirky shoppes.

For lunch try stopping at P’tit Soleil (1386 Westwood Blvd. 310-441-5384) for a small plate of French-Canadian Fare. (They also have Canadian beer).

Now there is a choice of either an early movie or more shopping. If you opt for a movie try out Westwood’s IPIC. (10840 Wilshire Blvd.) Luxury movie going at its best with individual reclining chairs and chair side service.

Later for dinner try out Napa Valley Grille. 1100 Glendon Ave #100. We recommend the Kale Chopped Salad. If you didn’t take in a movie earlier at IPIC maybe go see a show at the famous Geffen Playhouse (10886 La Conte Ave.) which often stars…well…movie stars.

Enjoy.